Cook Children’s and LifeGift Hold One of the Largest Donor Family/Recipient Meetings

On Sunday, April 3, 14 donor families and 17 transplant recipients were united at Cook Children’s during “A Child’s Gift… A True Living Legacy.”

One of the largest gatherings of its kind, the special event kicked off National Donate Life Month with families who traveled from as far away as Arkansas, Maryland and Oklahoma.

Among the recipients was Ally Babineaux, dubbed the Bionic Bride when she married the love of her life wearing an LVAD. Shortly after her wedding, Ally received the gift of life from Sade Green, a donor at Cook Children’s.  

Other familiar faces included Cris and Misty Vento. The Ventos tragically lost their son, Xander, when he drowned saving the life of his friend. Xander became a donor at the tender age of 4. 

Attendees had the opportunity to meet face to face and share tears, smiles and hugs. At the conclusion of the event, everyone met by the flagpole and raised the Donate Life flag in honor and remembrance of organ, eye and tissue donors. 

“This was the second time that LifeGift and Cook Children’s organized an event of this magnitude,” said Tasha Horton, manager of hospital donation services. “It was truly a blessing to witness so many lives intertwined by the gift of life.”

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